More Reports That Michael Vick Could Stay in Philadelphia

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When Chip Kelly and his Big Balls (capitalized, out of respect) took the Eagles job, there was some conjecture among NFL writers and pundits that Michael Vick could return to the Eagles to run Kelly’s up-tempo offense. 

Now, some additional evidence that it could happen. 

Last night, Tim McManus, the best Eagles reporter on the planet, who has sources close to Vick, wrote the following on Philly Mag’s Eagles 24/7:

Time helped soothe his frustrations, and the quarterback’s mentality really shifted after talking to Kelly. According to a source close to Vick, the two have had a couple meetings now, and Vick came away very high on the former Oregon coach.

Kelly told reporters down at the Senior Bowl: “I really liked my meeting with Michael.”

None of this guarantees that Vick will be back in an Eagles uniform next season. Kelly needs to not just like Vick, but be convinced that he is the right quarterback to run his offense moving forward. Kelly wants to really study the tape before making a decision. If he comes away certain that Vick is his guy, the next conversation is about the money. Vick is scheduled to make around $16 million next season. There was a report a few weeks back that the signal-caller would be unwilling to restructure his deal. However, that was when the wounds from a trying season were still fresh, and before he got to sit face-to-face with Kelly. It is very possible that tune could change, especially after honest evaluation of his market value.


Restructuring the deal is probably the only way the Eagles would bring Vick back. There is a $3 million guarantee for the 2013 season in Vick's contract that kicks in on Friday, but it probably doesn’t matter. Even if the Eagles do nothing this week and then later cut Vick, the money would be paid by his new team (assuming he gets a contract worth more than $3 million). 

The drum beat for Vick staying is getting louder. CBS Radio’s John Kincade tweeted this morning that he heard at the Super Bowl that the Eagles and Vick are trying to renegotiate a deal. 

ESPN’s John Clayton, however, told Mike and Mike this morning that the Eagles could release Vick on Friday, a report that required exactly no effort since, yes, the Eagles could release Michael Vick on the day that most people assume the Eagles will release Michael Vick.

I don’t think Vick is a very good quarterback. In fact, I think he’s generally not that good and full of shit. But, he may be the Eagles' best option this season. Kelly seems to like Foles, but Foles hasn’t shown that he is ready – or will ever be ready – to be a good quarterback. Vick still has a year or two of above average football in his tank, and if there’s one coach who can utilize what speed he has left, it’s Kelly. So, Vick may be the Eagles' best option, which kind of sucks.


11 Responses

  1. Vick still has one of the strongest arms in football and more than enough speed. As we clearly saw this year a strong arm is an ingredient that is needed for the ultimate prize.
    I just dont know if Vick can stay healthy in this style offense.Questions linger about his command of an any offense let alone a Chip Kelly QB run/read option. Can the guy make smart decisions with the football? He hasnt really shown that he can.

  2. Jesus I can see next late-September’s excuses now. “But the O line isn’t beyond awesome!”, “He needs time to adjust to the system!”, “Two of those 3 picks weren’t his fault!”, “He’s dinged up but playing thru pain, give him a break!”.
    Vick simply must go.

  3. I e-mailed Jon Marks about this last week.
    Yes, I agree that Vick probably is our best option … if we are trying to put together a winning record this coming year, and put building a team on the back-burner.
    Personally, I believe Vick isn’t intelligent enough to make the appropriate quick decisions that Kelly’s offense will force him to make. We all know he is made of glass and is a turnover machine.
    I am just curious to see how much of Kelly’s college system translates to the NFL, or, if he really is the genius offensive mind that can tweak his offensive philosophy to fit, or revolutionize, the NFL.
    We shall see.

  4. So Foles sucks according to you geniuses, even though it’s universally acknowledged that he spent his one NFL season working the league’s most predictable offense under a clueless offensive coordinator, the clueless veteran head coach that hired that coordinator, and an offense line consisting of guys who wouldn’t get any snaps in the CFL. You’re fucking retarded if you’d seriously consider 32 year old beat up Vick over 24 year old Foles. Even if Foles sucks and we replace him next year it’s better than throwing one dollar down the Michael Vick Experiment hole.

  5. I say keep Vick and let him and Foles compete for the starting job. I don’t like Vick and think his time here has largely been a bust at this point, but lets face it, not many teams are going to want him. If we can keep him for cheap, I’d rather him and Foles compete. If everyone is so sure that Foles is the answer, why not have him earn the job rather than hand it to him? It brings the best out of Foles and keeps him focused by making him work his ass off to be the top guy. Plus, if we’re going to have Vick around, why not get the most out of him too? Besides, if Foles can’t win the job from an aged, battered, and turnover prone Vick, then does it really matter who starts this year?
    (Granted, I understand that for this to work, Vick will have to restructure AND be willing to potentially be a back up…which is a longshot. So, if he doesn’t want to do those things, cut him.)

  6. aside from a 7 game stretch in 2010, the michael vick experiment has been a complete disaster. its time for the experiment to be aborted already! now, that doesn’t mean i am high on foles and believe he is the savior. however, i think he deserves a further shot. much of his opportunity last season came behind a deplorable offensive line. additionally, a considerable amount of that time was without the services of the offensive’s two most explosive stars; shady and desean. that said, i think foles deserves a full season before the jury can truly begin it deliberations on him. ultimately, we parted with ways with reid and we need to do the same with vick. having vick around will serve as a continual reminder of reid’s failed and damaged goods.

  7. So, he’s not good, but has 2-3 years of above average football left? That makes sense.
    Vick used to be able to cover his lack of accuracy when he was a threat to beat LBs around the corner. Now he’s not a threat to do that anymore, so defenses can play the pass better. You don’t have to spy Vick to beat him anymore. He’s done.

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